Faith community joins Chamber, County for Back-to-School event

By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Email: Click Here
Posted: August 24, 2018 | 1:15 p.m.

DINWIDDIE – What an amazing and incredible difference can be made when government and faith-based partners work together on a common goal. 

Do you have a child starting kindergarten in September? If so, you will want to check out this important announcement! Faith-based community partners in Dinwiddie will be providing basic supplies, such as crayons, scissors, glue, pencils, composition/spiral notebooks, markers, pencil boxes, and pocket folders to all new kindergartners throughout Dinwiddie County.

The faith-based partners will be distributing the free school supplies to all county kindergartners, when they attend the Meet the Teacher Open House event, on Thursday, August 30, at each elementary school in Dinwiddie.

“We are so Blessed and fortunate to have our community partners that have helped with this project to have our Kindergartners set up for success on the very first day of school,” said Christie Clarke, Director of School & Community Relations, Dinwiddie County Public Schools.

The Dinwiddie Chamber of Commerce also joined in this effort.  The Chamber encouraged local businesses to help by donating tissues and hand sanitizer that is much-needed by all of the Kindergarten classes—and the businesses generously came through.

Back in January, Dinwiddie County Government officials, representatives of the board of supervisors, members of the school board, school principals and officials from across the county, and pastors and leaders of the faith-based communities from all of Dinwiddie; came together for the first time for a truly unique meeting, or “think tank,” as it was described at that time by County Administrator, Kevin Massengill. 

“This meeting is a long-overdue effort to identify opportunities for collaboration between government, school officials and the schools, and our faith partners to better meet the needs of residents,” Dr. Kari Weston, Superintendent of Schools said at the January meeting.

To help get the word out on this collaboration for the kindergarten school supply give-away, posts have been made on social media, and posters have been displayed in each elementary school.  Also, postcards have been distributed to all incoming kindergartners as they registered, or they have been mailed to homes. Please check with your child’s individual school for any additional needs that you may want to request, such as baby wipes, Ziploc bags, or a change of clothes.

Also at the January meeting, both Massengill and Weston indicated that Dinwiddie’s faith-based communities had been at the top of their lists for inclusion and collaboration with government and school officials for quite some time.

“This meeting has been a long time coming, and I am pleased by the level of participation and excitement in the room.  If we are going to succeed, we need to make the Church an important part of each and every day; counting them amongst our greatest assets and resources,” said Dr. Mark Moore, Chairman, Board of Supervisors, who was also in attendance at the January meeting.

The Superintendent of Schools made an observation back at that initial collaboration in January that has turned out to be somewhat prophetic. 

“Imagine the opportunities that will present themselves when we combine the wisdom, experience, and resources of the schools, county, and churches. We are about to move this county forward in a way that it has never seen before,” said Dr. Weston. 

This initiative and collaboration to provide all kindergartners across the entire county with the supplies they will need for school is a glowing example of what these partnerships can accomplish, and says it all.

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